Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball’s reputation for getting things done continued in 2018. Treasurer Ball’s continued success included several significant achievements, such as pushing Kentucky’s national transparency ranking into the top 10 due to her government transparency reforms, as well as adding to the already historic unclaimed property returns by reaching over $70 million in monies returned to Kentuckians over the past three years. That is the most in Treasury history during a three-year period.
“I am proud of the work we have accomplished at the Treasury this year,” Treasurer Ball said. “In 2018 we successfully implemented new programs to help Kentuckians and continued to revitalize and improve our processes. It is arguably the most successful year the Treasury has ever had.” Continue reading Treasurer Allison Ball Says 2018 Was Arguably the Most Successful Year in Treasury History
The Madison County swearing in ceremony was held this morning! Official first day of office for all newly elected County officials is Monday, January 7, 2019.
Thank you to Judge Jeanne Logue, Bruce Fraley, and Rev. Robert Blythe for participating in our ceremony! Thank you to all of our elected officials who joined us today: Reagan Taylor, John Tudor, Continue reading Madison Co. swearing in ceremony
The new Berea mayor and Berea City Council were administered the oath of office Thursday in preparation for officially taking office on New Year’s Day. Continue reading Mayor-Elect Fraley: City of Berea should begin process of strategic planning
One year ago today, Congress passed and the President signed into law the first comprehensive tax reform legislation in nearly 31 years. This much-needed relief has given hard-working Kentuckians the ability to keep more of their paychecks, simplified the code by eliminating special interest loopholes, and made our businesses more competitive.
More Opportunities through Economic Growth: Continue reading Andy Barr Tax Reform: One Year Later
Gov. Matt Bevin tonight issued the following statement regarding the conclusion of the special legislative session to address Kentucky’s pension crisis:
“Tonight is a sad night in the Commonwealth. What is clear is that Kentucky, at this time, does not have the legislative ability to make the difficult decisions before us.
The General Assembly has the sole authority to pass the laws needed to reform our failing pension system, and today they came up short of their responsibility as representatives of the people of Kentucky. The result indicates that some of our legislators do not understand the gravity of the problem, or are here to put their political and personal interests ahead of what is best for our state’s financial health. Either way, this is bad for Kentucky.
“The governor’s attempt in the week before Christmas to cut the promised retirement of every teacher, police officer, firefighter, social worker, EMS and countless more public servants was wrong and cruel. Tonight, our values prevailed and partisanship took a backseat to what is right.” – Attorney General Andy Beshear.
Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that he will oppose a federal judge’s Dec. 14 ruling that would eliminate the ACA in Kentucky, stripping away key benefits for people with pre-existing conditions, eliminating seniors’ prescription drug discounts and allowing companies to charge women and seniors more for their coverage.
Beshear and a group of attorneys general have been battling the federal case – Texas et al. v. United States, et al – over the last year to protect health care nationwide. United States District Judge Reed O’Conner ruled Dec. 14 that the ACA is unconstitutional because recent federal action eliminated the measure’s penalty for failing to purchase health insurance – known as the individual mandate. Continue reading Beshear to Challenge Texas Ruling Threatening Health Care Coverage for Over 1.3 Million Kentuckians
The Senate has opened a door to new opportunities for Kentucky agriculture. After extensive collaboration with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we passed one of my top Kentucky priorities for the year – a Farm Bill containing my legislation to legalize the production of industrial hemp. When President Trump signs the bill into law, Kentucky‘s farmers can continue to lead the nation in the growing, processing and manufacturing of industrial hemp. Continue reading My hemp legalization provision passed Congress, will become law
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised Senate passage today of legislation to reauthorize Coast Guard operations to support the brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way every single day. This important legislation also includes the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which will benefit Kentucky and its 13,000 maritime jobs.
“America calls on our Coast Guard to protect our ports and coasts, to safeguard the shipping lanes that enable American commerce, and to stem the tide of illegal drugs before they reach our shores,” Senator McConnell said. “By passing this bipartisan legislation, the Senate fulfilled an important promise to some of the brave men and women who have taken an oath to keep us safe. Aspects of this legislation are particularly important to states like my home state of Kentucky – the heart of our nation’s inland waterways system.” Continue reading Senate Passes Legislation Benefiting Kentucky Waterways, Jobs